How to answer the question ‘Tell me about yourself’

How to answer the question ‘Tell me about yourself’…

Almost all interview questions can be prepared for in advance. This being one of them. If you are not prepared, there is a risk that you might ramble. There are some job interview questions that are guaranteed to come up, and regardless of your industry, your experience level, and job type it is almost guaranteed that the tell me about yourself question will be asked.

It’s one of the most frequently asked interview questions. It helps the interviewer build a picture of who you are. It is also a great way for you to give a little more about who you are beyond your work history. Before answering do consider how your current job relates to the job you’re applying for and use this as part of your answer.

Here’s a little secret:

When an interviewer says, “Tell me about yourself,” he or she is using this question as a way to start the conversation. An ice breaker. They really want to know how your experience fits with the job you’re interviewing for. Focus on what you can bring to the job. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression. This isn’t the time to talk through your CV. It’s your chance to highlight specific points about yourself  that you want the interviewer to know.


The “Tell me about yourself” interview question is about getting to know you, it’s a good idea to share your personality with your interviewer — but not personal details.

So, how do you answer that question?

  1. Highlight specific points about yourself that you want the interviewer to know
  2. Include some of your hobbies and activities outside of work
  3. Choose two or three qualities about yourself, back them up with work examples and experience
  4. Mention past experiences and proven successes if they specifically relate to the position
  5. And lastly, be prepared – this isn’t the time to ramble on


Good luck for your upcoming interview. If you want to discuss your options, are looking for more advice or are a business looking to recruit your next shining star then get in touch with the team today.